Cowboys Center Travis Frederick Retires From The NFL

Josh Clark
March 23, 2020 - 5:17 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick announced his retirement from the NFL on Twitter Monday afternoon. 

Here's his full statement:

"After much consideration, discussion, and reflection, I have decided to retire from football. This was not an easy decision. I entered the league at 22 years old, unsure of where life would lead. I since have married, welcomed two beautiful, healthy children into this world, and achieved professional levels of which I could have never dreamed," Frederick said. 

"Travis Frederick, by the nature of his center position, was the core piece of what I believe to be one of the most talented and skilled NFL offensive lines that has been assembled," owner Jerry Jones said of Frederick. "His leadership ability, production and intelligence put him at the top level of interior offensive lineman in our league for many years. At the pinnacle of his success, his career on the field was only exceeded by a rare display of coverage and determination in overcoming a life-threatening illness and returning to the game - a challenge that could only be completed by a person with rare levels of perseverance and strength.

"As a contributor to our community, a family man and a professional person, he has distinguished himself as an exemplary representative of this organization. And for the rest of his life, when his name is mentioned in the same sentence with the Dallas Cowboys, he will be lifting the standards of excellence and esteem that has characterized the history of our proud franchise," Jones said. 

The All-Pro center returned to the field in 2019 after missing the entire 2018 season after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome during training camp. He returned to the field in 2019, starting all 16 games for the Cowboys.

"I made my return to the field, played well overall, and was selected to the Pro Bowl, but it was a difficult year for me. Each day I faced a struggle: I could no longer perform at my highest level. Playing 'well' is not what I expect of myself and it is not what my teammates deserve. Because of this, I know that my days as a football player are done. I am proud of what I have accomplished in my career, and I walk away with my head held high," Frederick said. 

Frederick, 29, is retiring after appearing in six (7 total) NFL seasons, all with Dallas. He was a five-time Pro Bowler and made first-team All-Pro in 2016.

The Cowboys in-house options to replace Frederick at center are Joe Looney, who started in his place in 2018, and 2019 third-round pick Connor McGovern. McGovern started 14 games at center while playing at Penn State University.